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Monique Lubiana
 
15 January 2021 | Biodynamics | Monique Lubiana

Kiss the ground

Kiss the Ground is a ‘Big Picture’ film a biopic in association with 7 other entities.

Woody Harrelson is the Narrator; other prominent film, sports and fashion identities provide low-key contributions.

The golden message of the film is that we can all contribute to saving the earth from global warming and the solution is ‘under our feet’.

The star of the film Ray Archuleta, a Conservation Agronomist, is employed to teach farmers about how to sequester carbon.  Sequestering carbon takes carbon from the atmosphere and stores it in the soil where it feeds the microbes.   They multiply creating a sponge for water & nutrients.  Both these are required to grow crops.

In the USA the bank of carbon that existed in the soil prior to the 1930s has been destroyed, mostly through tilling.  Artificial fertilisers, the separation of rotation cropping from animal husbandry and pesticides use have also impacted the soil’s capacity to store carbon by killing off microbes. 

The film follows a farmer who tells his story of going broke using modern farming methods.  He returns to how farming was done prior to the agricultural revolution and we see a comparison of his farm compared to his neighbours and the ‘proof is in the pudding’.

The film shows us how to store carbon, 1% of organic matter equals 10 tons of carbon per acre, how animal husbandry done correctly can help the soil, how food waste can transform soil and finally how a smaller more thoughtful footprint helps everyone as well as the environment.

This affirming doco avoids laying blame yet acknowledges the legacy load of fossil fuels.  The film focuses on what we can do and opens our eyes to a solution everyone can contribute to and gives examples of cities around the world making it happen.

At Stefano Lubiana Wines our soils measured up to 7.5% organic matter.  Organics/Bio-dynamics is our key to success.  The use of natural fertilisers, minimal tilling, and cover cropping increase the microbes in the soil banking more carbon whilst increasing water-holding capacity and all the while avoiding synthetic pesticides and fungicides.
Kiss The Ground five stars!

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